I read ‘Beloved’ quite a few years back, and I think I liked it, but I had no blog then, so I wouldn’t be able to tell you for sure. It might have been that I just hadn’t read anything good a while before it. Whether you like a book or not is so dependant on what you read just previous. Sometimes, you’ll read an amazing futuristic dystopia (like ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’) and then read another incredible book (like ‘Brave New World’) but because it was also a futuristic dystopia, and not quite (in your opinion) as good as the first, you wont like it until you read it again ten years later.
ANYway, I’ve read a lot of good books lately, so I’m not as ravenous for literature, which may be why it took me a good several chapters to get into ‘Song of Solomon.’ It also may be because the book kept following different characters around and never gave me a clear view of who I was supposed to be looking at or caring about. Also, the chapters were all a good thirty pages long, and I like to be able to stop whenever I damn well please.
By the fifth chapter or so, though, I had found a main character and several supporting characters whom I could form opinions about, and by the eighth or ninth chapter, there was a clear dilemma, or something for those characters to do. It was clear sailing from thereon in.
If you could read the last half and have it make any sense without the first, I’d have you do it. I mean, it all sort of ties in in the end, but for SO LONG you’re turning pages wondering why you’re reading this when there’s paint drying somewhere, and you could be watching it.